A deck can be a great asset to a home - unless it's in need of repair.
Fortunately, Charlie Albone has the tips and tricks you need to resurrect a flailing deck, and help damage-proof it for the future.
Water damage is a threat to most wooden decks.
To check if the wood is rotten, take a screw driver and push it into the wood. If the wood is soft - you will need to replace it.
Here are Charlie's tips for repairing or building your deck:
Step 1: Choosing your timber
Charlie used treated pine because he was on a budget, however he also suggests composites which are made of recycled plastic - a plus for the environment!
Step 2: Removing the rotten wood
Rip up any rotten boards to make way for the new ones. This won't take too long, but the fiddly part will be removing all the screws and nails before you can proceed.
Step 3: Laying the new boards
Lay the strips of timber, and continue to check the spacing along the way to ensure you're laying them straight.
Step 4: Protection
Protect your new deck from the elements by slapping on a protective treatment. That can be paint, stain or oil. In this case, Charlie is using acrylic wood finish as it lasts longer that oil.
Step 5: Maintenance
Keep an eye on your new deck, cleaning and maintaining it regularly - it's cheaper and easier than replacing it again!
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